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Men: Reform Thyselves

By on 8.8.13 | 2:42PM

A male University of Pennsylvania student finally responded to the New York Times article about sex on college campuses, which I reflected upon here. CNN intern and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Daniel Yellin criticized the Times reporter for neglecting to interview any men while simultaneously implying that all Penn men were sexual deviants:  

A section inaptly titled "The Default Is Yes" claims that, when alcohol is involved, guys cross the line. The author, Kate Taylor, describes an environment in which men take advantage of young, drunk women and then brag about it to their friends, suggesting that this behavior is the norm in an alcohol-driven "frat" culture.

 But not one male student was quoted in the article.

I understand that men were not the focus of the piece, but when the article is titled "The Default Is Yes," the men of Penn must stand up for themselves.

In my piece last month, I condemned the hook-up culture as a harmful environment for men and women. My best example was M, the virgin freshman interviewed by the Times, who proactively slept with a man to prevent  “the chance that one night I get really drunk and sleep with someone that I don’t want to sleep with, which probably is what would have ended up happening.”

What’s most interesting is that men and women are completely divided in this piece. Taylor interviewed 60 different women, but only one man. Obviously, that’s because the article is about how women act in the university setting in regards to relationships.

However, men are 50 percent of that equation. We are intricately woven together with women by our natures. These students’ future work and home lives will be based upon both participating equally in their own capacities.

As such, it’s time for men to become disciplined themselves and reject the pornographic society that has led to their being identified as oppressors. In an age of female empowerment, men need to help their women by being useful, strong, and protective.  

We can’t isolate ourselves within autonomous spheres of “rational interest.” Ultimately, men and women are communal, and we must discuss them in such a way.

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